Tips and Advice on How to Eliminate Gazebo Mould and Mildew
Gazebos are designed to withstand the exposure to outdoor elements ranging from UV-light and rain to various pests including mould and mildew. They are either made from materials that are tested and proven suitable for outdoor use or are specially treated to be resistant to the effects of the weather and other damaging outdoor elements. Unfortunately, no gazebo, no matter from which material it is made, is 100% outdoor-proof.
Mould and Mildew a Threat Even to Superior Quality Materials
The risk of damage reduces dramatically if the gazebo is made from superior quality material(s) or/and is protected with special treatments/paints. Though minimal, the risk nevertheless there, especially when it comes to mould and mildew which can affect even the best materials including those that are supposed to be naturally resistant to moisture and high humidity levels.
Getting Rid of Mould and Mildew
How to get rid of mould and mildew depends greatly on the material from which your gazebo is made. In most cases, however, you can safely use a mixture of bleach and water to kill the spores. But there are also specially designed cleaners if you are perhaps worried about discolouration which can occur if using too much bleach or leaving it sit for too long. Rinse well with clean water and you're done. Ideally, cleaning should be done during a dry and warm day in order to allow the treated areas to dry properly.
Measures to Reduce the Risk of Mould and Mildew
There are no sure ways to eliminate the risk of mould and mildew but there are measures you can take to reduce it considerably. Examples include:
1. Cleaning your gazebo on a regular basis. That way you will also notice mould and mildew before getting severe. As most things, they are a lot easier to eliminate if dealt with early.
2. Coat/treat your gazebo or at least the most vulnerable areas with protective products that also offer protection against mould and mildew. Be sure, however, that the chosen product is safe for the material(s) you intend to treat.
3. Keep the immediate surroundings of the gazebo clear of vegetation. Remove the plants nearby and keep the immediate surrounding area clear of vegetation to reduce humidity and increase airflow to the gazebo. This will create unfavourable conditions for mould and mildew.